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Micropterix tunbergella
Red-barred Pollen-moth (Fabricius, 1784)
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Photo © Rob Lee,  Sheringham 04/05/11

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Wingspan: 8-11 mm.
Flight: May - June.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Rarely recorded in Norfolk.
Local in woodland throughout England and Wales.

Small Spring day-flying species with purple markings on a metallic golden base and orange/yellow head tufts.

Micropterix are unusual in that the adults have fully functional mouthparts, and feed on pollen.

Recorded in 12 (16%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2017.

Latest 10 Records
21/08/2013227TG20Norwich (Earlham)
25/06/2013128TL79Cranwich Heath
27/05/2013227TG14Sheringham / Beeston
04/05/2011127TG14Sheringham / Beeston
26/06/2003128TF84Burnham Deepdale / Scolt Head
24/06/2003128TF84Burnham Deepdale / Scolt Head
08/06/2003128TF84Burnham Deepdale / Scolt Head
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